Faith Based Peace Building in Northern Ireland


Gary Mason

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Rev. Dr. Gary Mason directs a conflict transformation organization based in Belfast called "Rethinking conflict." Prior to this Gary spent 27 years as a Methodist clergy person in Belfast and has played an integral role in the Northern Irish peace process. He played a key role in establishing the Skainos project which is a world class urban center developed in a post conflict society as a model of co-existence and shared space, it is acknowledged as the largest faith-based redevelopment project in Western Europe.

Mason is a close advisor to Protestant ex-combatants on the civilianization efforts of paramilitaries. He was instrumental in facilitating negotiations with paramilitaries and government officials, and in 2007 his contribution was formally recognized by the Queen.

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